Breed of the Month - April 2014 -"Polish Lowland Sheepdog"
Congratulations to Susan Stekoll and Karen Willson !!

The PON, as they are affectionately called, is short for Polski Owczarek Nizinny

The Polish Lowland Sheepdog is the English translation of the dogs polish name, Polish Owczarek Nizinny. The shortened version which it is frequently known as worldwide is PON. The first information on the breed was published in the XVI century describing a
trip by a Polish trader from Gdansk, K. Grabski, sailing to Scotland in 1514 with grain in exchange for Scottish sheep. He took with him six lowland sheepdogs. Finally three of them were traded for a ram and a ewe to a Scottish shepherd who admired the dogs for their excellent work. In 1779, Christopher Kluk, a reputable author on zoology and botany, described a dog, which can easily be regarded as a nizinny ancestor. Because of its shaggy coat, he used the word "poodle" :
"...poodles usually medium (sized), shaggy, are the most clever dogs, having almost human intelligence. No other dog can be compared to them in herding flocks." The pillar of the breed was Dr Hryniewicz, a vet and breeder of some other breeds, who resurrected the polish sheepdog from near extinction following World War II after she became attracted with the native shepherd dogs. Her "Kordegarda" kennel produced Smok z Kordegardy who became the true "father of the breed". Soon all the "Kordegarda" stock was heavily inbred on him. Fortunately, this inbreeding resulted with unification of the breed's type with no hereditary defects.

The Polish Lowland Sheepdog is a relatively new breed in the United States. Although a few PON's appeared in America as early as 1979, it wasn’t until Betty Augustowski started importing PONs from Poland in 1982 that the breed became established in the US. Starting with primarily 4 males and 5 females, it is these original imports that have influenced the type and temperament of the first PONs bred in America, and has figured prominently in the pedigrees of many American dogs even today. The PON was accepted into the herding group of the AKC in 2001.

It is believed the PON is the descendant of dogs originally stemming from the migration of peoples across Asia and Europe such as the Tibetan Mastiff, the Tibetan Spaniel, the Lhasa Apso, the Puli, and the Tibetan Terrier. The Bearded Collie, Old English Sheepdog, as well as other breeds in Great Britain, may have their origins in the PON.

" Rocky"
Video courtesy of Susan Stekoll / DarBozy Pons (Used with permission)

 

The overall appearance is that of a medium-sized, compact, strong and muscular dog, with a long, thick double coat that is very low shedding. He is shaggy and natural in appearance with a docked or natural bobbed tail. His herding and working ability is attributed to an intense desire to please and compatible nature. He is lively but self-controlled, clever and perceptive. As a watchdog and shepherd dog, he has the innate sense to defend and protect all that belongs to "its family" making him extremely loyal, but somewhat aloof and suspicious of strangers.

The breed is well known for an excellent memory and the ability to work independent of his master. Firm, fair, and consistent training must be implemented from the time he is very young, or he will tend to dominate his master. The breed excels at any activity he is asked to perform as he also has an excellent nose for tracking and is highly motivated when asked to "retrieve". When not used as a herding or working dog, he can be a magnificent companion as he seems to fit into any type of lifestyle.


Our Champions


AKC Ch., UKC Ch. Int. & Nat'l. UCI Ch.
DarBozy Black Tie No Tails
"Corwin"
2001 Eukanuba Invitational Best Bred By Exhibitor and Award of Merit. At the time PONs entered the AKC, Corwin was the only black coated PON showing. Although all colors are acceptable in PONs, a true black coat is fairly rare. With the fading gene, black coated puppies usually fade to grey or silver by the time they are adults.
 

 


ARBA Ch., UKC Ch., 1998 National Specialty BOW
DarBozy Colorado Rockie
"Rockie"

Rockie just passed away last year, one month shy of his 17th birthday. He was my sensitive PON; the first to lick my tears, or just sit quietly beside me when I needed his support.

 Although the average life span of a PON is 13-14 years, Rockie lived to be almost 17. As you can tell from the video, he lived life to the fullest, but was just as content laying by my side.

 

 

 


Nadzieja Midnite Merlot   "Clark"
demonstrates his herding ability. Clark finished 2013 ranked #9 in breed points (Canine Chronicle stats)
after only six months in the show ring.


AKC Ch Nadzieja Midnite Merlot
"Clark"

 


AKC Ch Belka van het Goralenhof, ROM
"Timber"

2003 Natl Specialty Best in Sweepstakes
2008 Natl Specialty Award of Merit
2009 Natl Specialty Award of Merit
 
 


Puppies . . Puppies . . Puppies . .


 

 

 

This is how we do it . . . At the July Members meeting individual 2 x 4 cards representing all the breeds that are owned by PCKC members were placed in a bag and 2 breeds were chosen on the 1st draw. Those 2 breeds were the Yorkshire Terrier and the Labrador which would be highlighted in the August and September PCKC "Breed of the Month" on our New Website.
At the August Members meeting another 2 breed cards will be chosen. The first breed drawn will be for October, should that breeder(s)/owner(s) decline, the 2nd breed will be contacted to participate. Should the 1st breed accept for October the 2nd breed will represent November and so on. Once the breed has been highlighted on the website that breed will be retired until all the breeds in the club have been represented, then we will start over anew.


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